Samuel is a 15-month-old baby boy and the only child of his mother. He and his mother live with Samuel's grandparents and his mother works as a small-scale farmer. For three weeks, Samuel has had an inguinal hernia. The hernia causes him pain and swelling near his groin making it difficult for him to be comfortable. He requires surgery to treat his condition. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Samuel to receive treatment. On August 16th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. Now, AMH is requesting $566 to fund Samuel's surgery. Once complete, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Samuel’s mother shared, "in the past three weeks my son has been going through pain due to the condition. Please help treat him.”
Naw Eh is an 11-year-old student who lives with her mother, five brothers and two sisters in a refugee camp. She and her siblings study in the camp while her mother weaves traditional Karen shirts to earn extra income. In her free time, Naw Eh loves to play with her younger brother at home. Sometimes, she also plays with her friends close to her house. She wants to be an English teacher at a primary school when she grows up. In late July 2021, Naw Eh went out to buy some snacks. On the way, she slipped and fell on the muddy road and injured her left leg. Since she was able to walk slowly, the medic in the camp did not think her leg was broken and prescribed pain medication. Then, on August 19th, Naw Eh lost her grip when she was sitting down and fell. This time she could not stand up or walk. After a doctor at a local hospital diagnosed her with a fractured femur, she was referred to another hospital for further treatment. The doctor there told Naw Eh's brother that they would like to do an MRI of her leg to check for underlying conditions that may have caused her to femur to break so easily. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan so she can have a healthy future ahead. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $814 to cover the cost of Naw Eh's MRI, scheduled for August 23rd. Naw Eh shared, "I'm afraid that my treatment will cause me more pain, but if it helps me recover so that I can walk again, then it's okay."
Srey Pov is a 15-year-old student and the youngest of six children in her family. She lives with her parents who are potato farmers. She is in 7th grade and her best subjects in school are math and Khmer literature. In the future, Srey Pov would like to be a teacher. Since she was born, Srey Pov has had a mass on the right side of her neck. Over time, the mass has grown larger and she experiences swelling and pain. Srey Pov traveled to visit our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), to receive treatment. On August 26th, surgeons at CSC will remove the mass. Now, Srey Pov needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure. Srey Pov shared, "I hope the tumor will be removed easily and I can be free of pain and not worry about it growing larger."
Moreen is a 26-year-old pregnant, married mother of two children. She and her husband work as farmers and grow potatoes, maize, yams and millet, mainly for their family to eat. Their first child was born in 2012 and the second in 2016, both through Caesarean section due to conditions of her pregnancies. Moreen visited our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), for examination. Doctors there recommended that she have a C-Section to deliver her baby. This will reduce the chances of maternal and neonatal mortality often associated with a high-risk pregnancy. The C-Section is planned for September 9th, and now, Moreen and her husband need help to raise $252 to fund the procedure. Moreen shared, "I appeal for financial assistance to help me deliver my child. I will resume farming immediately after recovering."
Erick is a very playful and happy baby from Kenya and the younger brother in his family of two children. His mother does laundry work to help support the family while his father works as a veterinary in their home area. His business was doing well until the onset of the covid-19 pandemic. Erick was born with an anorectal malformation, leading to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Fortunately, Erick is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on July 15th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,393 to cover the total cost of Erick's procedure and care. Erick’s father shares, “When Erick was experiencing a lot of pain, we could only sympathize with him as we could not do anything as the pain medication was not working. We were reluctant to come back to hospital as we did not have money to cater for another surgery.”
Mony is a 16-year-old student who lives with his mother and three younger sisters. Mony and his sisters are all studying in public school. Their father sadly passed away many years ago. Mony's mother supports her family by selling soft drinks from their home. In March 2021, Mony was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a closed fracture of his right tibia. After the accident Mony went to a government hospital where screws were fixated to his right leg to heal the fracture. Once at home, the wound at the fracture site became infected and open exposing the bone. It is difficult for him to walk and he is in chronic pain. When Mony learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On August 9th surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to to heal his skin and help him walk easily again. CSC is requesting $474 for the surgery. Mony shares, "I hope my leg will heal soon so I can walk without pain."
Arisa is an eight-year-old student who lives with her parents, one brother, and four sisters. Arisa's parents fish on the river for a living, and outside of school, Arisa spends most of her time on the boat while her parents are fishing. Two years ago, hot water burned Arisa's right leg and a severe scar developed. It is difficult for her to walk and the scar feels tight and itchy, making her day-to-day life uncomfortable and more difficult. When Arisa's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled for an hour and a half seeking treatment. On August 11th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to remove the damaged skin and allow her to walk easily. Now, Arisa's family needs help to fund this $474 procedure. Arisa shared, "I hope I can walk without pain again and my leg will heal well and I can feel comfortable."
Twalib is a six-year-old student and the youngest child in a family of three children. In school, he enjoys reading, drawing, and playing with other children. His mother is a tailor, while his father is not working at the moment, but serves in the church as an elder. Five years ago, Twalib was accidentally burned by hot tea and sustained severe burns on his left arm. He was rushed to a hospital nearby and the wound was bandaged, but this did not prevent the contracture from extending. Twalib cannot carry anything with his left hand or stretch his hand fully and the condition has impacted his self–esteem. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Twalib receive treatment. On June 7th, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to boost his self-esteem and enable Twalib to use his hand. Now, his family needs help to fund this $840 procedure. Twalib’s sister shared, “on behalf of our family, we are pleading for support from well-wishers to help my brother undergo surgery so that he can use his hand like other children."
Nasubi is a 29-year-old married mother who is currently pregnant for the fifth time. She and her husband have three children, and one child who sadly passed away in infancy. Nasubi works at a drug store while her husband is a taxi driver. Nasubi's doctor recommends she deliver her baby via Caesarean section to ensure her health and for the baby. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH) is helping Nasubi to deliver her baby safely. Nasubi's C-Section is scheduled for June 8th and AMH is requesting $252 to cover the cost of her procedure. Nasubi shared, “I have faith and hope that if am given your support, my delivery will come out well and I will be able to have a live baby and continue with my drug shop for a living."
Lisa is a smart three-year-old girl with three older brothers (they're a lot to keep up with after all!). She also enjoys playing with toys at home and watching cartoons. One month ago, Lisa developed a chalazion, or an inflamed cyst of the tear gland, in her right eye. The chalazion causes her swelling and itchiness and it is difficult for her to see clearly. Lisa traveled for two and a half hours with her mother to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). On June 8th, surgeons at CSC will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Lisa's symptoms should improve quickly, and now her family needs help raising $187 to fund this procedure. Lisa's mother shared, "I want her eye to get better soon because I worry about her so much right now."
Karduni is a nine-year-old student from Central Tanzania and a cheerful boy. He is the fifth born in a family of six children. In 2014, Karduni and his siblings were playing when he accidentally stepped on piece of firewood, spilling boiling water. He suffered severe burns on his left foot. The burns healed with contractures that made walking difficult and he underwent contracture release surgery that was funded by Watsi. Now, he needs a follow-up skin graft revision to help his healing. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Karduni receive treatment. On June 10th, surgeons will perform a skin graft procedure to cover the open wound allowing it to fully heal. Now, Karduni's family needs help to fund this $747 procedure. Karduni shared, "I would like my foot to be okay so that I can start walking once more."
Chrispin is a very playful 15-month-old boy and the only child of his mother. His parents separated before he was born and he and his mother live with her sister in a small rented house in south central Kenya. To earn a living, she does laundry for her neighbors. Chrispin was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Chrispin has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Chrispin will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). He is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on May 4th and AMH is requesting $569 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Chrispin’s mother shared, “I will be very happy when Chrispin receives treatment!”